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Old 06-13-2011, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Amarillo
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How typical is the weather we are now experiencing in Amarillo? i.e. no rain and HOT. We have only been living here for 6 months and really didn't expect to see no rain and have temps consistently in the 90's and 100's. I was bracing myself for wind (turned out to be pretty easy to deal with) and the tornados (very scary for me to think about), but was not prepared for this drought!
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:35 PM
 
Location: TX
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How much rain have they had so far this year in Amarillo? What stage of water restrictions? I'm not familiar with that area's weather, but San Antonio has had 4.03" so far this year. I live west of S.A. in Medina Co. and I know for sure we've had quite a bit less than that. We're in Stage 2 water restirctions so far. The mosquitos hardly exist this year...at least that's a positive. Texas is hot, that's just a fact of life.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Drought this severe is very rare. This is one of the worst droughts in recorded history in these parts. The heat is also pretty severe compared to what we're used to. Both Lubbock and Amarillo average in the upper 80s/low 90s for highs in June. Heat waves with highs in the 100s aren't uncommon this time of year, but the persistence of the heat is. They normally only last a few days, not weeks.
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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I've lived in Lubbock for 29 of my 31 years, (the other two in Abilene, not a huge difference in climate) and I can definitely say this is the abslolute worst weather I have ever experienced while living here...and it's not even close. The wind and dust is unrelenting, (typically the spring winds die off in May) there hasn't been substantial rainfall since October, (just over 1" for the year to date) and now that June is here we endure 100+ temperatures day after day. Wildfires are a constant threat. West Texas is known for having a lower and somewhat comfortable relative humidity in the summer, (dew points in the 50s & 60s typically) but this year the dew point never seems to get out of the 30s & 40s. The air is painfully dry and it's just plain miserable right now.

You've had the misfortune of landing in West Texas during the worst drought in decades, so this is definitely not normal. Conversely last year, rain was pretty abundant, (Lubbock received 27", it averages 19".) Amarillo's climate is pretty much the same as Lubbock's, aside from being a little colder in the winter.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Amarillo
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Thank you everyone for the posts. Kind of a drag that the worst drought in a very long time with horribly high temps happened as soon as we move here, but hopefully now everything else that comes up will seem relatively minor. We will just get with the crowd in hoping for rain!!
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Check out the weather charts here, about 1/3 of the way down the page: //www.city-data.com/city/Amarillo-Texas.html It never rains much but it has been hotter and drier then usual.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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According to an online weather forecast that I just saw, there may be a "big change" next Tuesday for the region, including a substantial front.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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I have lived in West Texas for over 30 years, and have NEVER seen anything like the heat and drought that we have been experiencing. I've also been hearing elderly people who've lived here their whole lives saying this is the worst they've ever seen. Everything is so yellow and dead, I swear it looks like January around my part of the world!
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Amarillo
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Shoe01 - I sure hope you are right, but everything I see shows the same thing....hot and dry. It is like we are living in Arizona. This is where I look for weather reports....
7-Day Forecast for Latitude 35.2°N and Longitude 101.82°W (Elev. 3644 ft)

Is it even possible for us to continue on like this with heat and no rain? And where are the water restrictions you would expect in this situation I wonder...

rr2005 - Well if this is the worst in who knows how long, then hopefully it can't get any worse. It is sad when you find yourself saying "look, it is only in the 90's today"
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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rr2005 - Well if this is the worst in who knows how long, then hopefully it can't get any worse. It is sad when you find yourself saying "look, it is only in the 90's today"

LOL....that's for sure! At least we can all agree humidity is NOT a problem.
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